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Nick Petrella

Adjunct Professor of Percussion, Coordinator of Percussion

Nick Petrella is the Director of Education for Sabian Ltd., and Adjunct Professor of Percussion at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. As a performer he has commissioned and premiered over a dozen compositions and has many solo and chamber music performances to his credit. Nick has played with several large ensembles including the Kansas City Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Michigan Opera. In 2002, he and pianist Diane Helfers Petrella formed the Petrella Ensemble, which has appeared throughout the U.S., Europe, and and in Mexico. In September 2008 he was the percussion coach for Xenakis’ Pleiades at the 114th BBC Proms Festival in London's Royal Albert Hall.

He received a DMA from the University of Iowa, an MM from the University of Michigan and a BSMusEd from Penn State University. Nick was on the faculty of Oakland University, 2002–2006 and was the Director of Percussion Studies at Texas Christian University, 1996–2001. In 1998, the TCU Percussion Ensemble performed as the first percussion ensemble invited to the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. In 1997 and 1998 he was the percussion coach for the World Youth Orchestra and in 1992 he developed the percussion pedagogy course at the RNCM in Manchester, England.

Nick authored The Ultimate Guide to Cymbals; The Multiple-Percussion Book; and with Diane Petrella, The Musicians Toolbox, Thoughts on Teaching and Learning Music. He holds twelve designs for sticks, mallets, and percussion accessories and has appeared as a performer, clinician, and teacher throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia.